According to a study carried out by the organizations that make up the Union of Unions, with data from the Food Chain Observatory, the producer receives an average of 30% of what the final consumer pays for agricultural products. In the case of oranges and mandarins the situation "is much worse", because the average for the former amounts to 16%, and for the latter to just 12%.
Given these figures, and taking advantage of its presence at World Food Day, the Unió de Llauradors has denounced the "serious dysfunctions" that exist in the food chain. The organization stressed that in the orange and mandarin market, intermediaries keep an average of 30%, and the remaining 56% when the product reaches its final destination.
The organization also wished to highlight "the dramatic situation of citrus growers, threatened by commercial concessions to third countries where producers of oranges or clementines don't even get 15% at origin."
La Unió also pointed to the negative impact of the "imbalance" of forces in the food chain, "to the detriment of the weakest link: the producer. This is aggravated by international political issues with a direct impact on agriculture and livestock. "An example of this is the imposition of tariffs by the US in retaliation for the Airbus case, the EU-Mercosur agreement, or that with other third countries, such as South Africa, Morocco or Tunisia, among others.